Oct 31, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
Home Care Ontario says nurses, personal support workers and therapists have left the home care industry in droves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization that represents an estimated 28,000 home care service providers says it’s lost 3,000 workers since last year.
C.E.O Sue VanderBent says the workers have left largely due to higher pay in hospitals and long-term care homes.
She says the organization can only fulfill 60% of home care requests, down from 95% pre-pandemic.
VanderBent says the industry needs help from the province, which so far has given billions to hospitals and nursing homes without providing similar funding for home care.
The province says it is working toward a modernization strategy to better serve patients.